PRAGUE -- Hyundai started production of the i30 station wagon at its plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic this week, a month ahead of schedule.
The wagon shares an assembly line with the i30 five-door hatchback, which Hyundai started building in November 2008 at the new 1.1 billion euros plant.
The Korean automaker added the station wagon early to give more work to the Nosovice plant.
Slumping demand for the i30 hatchback in late 2008 caused the automaker to freeze hiring and cut production at its plant in January and February. Hyundai has previously imported the station wagon to Europe from its plants in Korea.
After the station wagon, the next car added to the Nosovice production lineup will be a small minivan code-named the YN. The mid-year addition will be badged as a Kia brand car. A pre-production version of the car will be shown at the Geneva auto show.